Typical Program of Study in a Mechanical Engineering Course

As you begin to study mechanical engineering, your program will most likely  include the following four components:

  •   General education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts
  •   Preparatory courses in mathematics, science, and computer programming
  •   Core courses in fundamental mechanical engineering subjects
  •   Elective courses on specialized topics that you find particularly interesting.
typical courses on a mechanical engineering program

typical courses on a mechanical engineering program

After completing the core curriculum, you often will have the flexibility to  build an individualized program of study through elective courses in such  fields as aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, computer-aided  design, manufacturing, bio-medical engineering, and robotics, among other  fields.

Please Read : What do Mechanical Engineers do in their career.

The major topics in a typical mechanical engineering curriculum are  shown in Figure. While the topics are allocated into separate branches,  the mechanical engineering curriculum is becoming an integrated system  with interrelationships among many of the courses, topics, and knowledge areas.


courses studied in a typical mechanical engineering  curriculum

courses studied in a typical mechanical engineering curriculum

Study Program of Mechanical Engineering Course

Innovation and Design 

At the heart of being a mechanical engineer are innovation and  design.An important place to start your study is to understand that the  design of products, systems, and processes is how mechanical engineers  impact the social, global, environmental, and economic challenges in the  world. Engineers are relied on to be creative not only in solving technical  problems in innovative ways, but to find and to pose these problems in  novel ways.   Knowledge of innovation and design will require the study of how a  design process is structured, including the following topics:

  • The development of system requirements from a variety of system  stakeholders
  • The generation of innovative concept alternatives and the effective  selection and realization of a final design
  • Principles of sound decision making applied to the multitude of tradeoffs involved in a product development process .

In addition, knowledge of contemporary and emerging issues is critical  to design products and systems that will sustain and transform lives,  communities, economies, nations, and the environment. Of course, because  of the direct impact mechanical engineers have on potentially billions of lives,  they must be outstanding professionals of the highest character. To become  such a professional, you will learn the following skills:

  • Sound technical problem-solving skills
  • Effective practices in technical communications (oral presentations,  technical reports, e-mails)
  • The latest digital and cyber-enabled tools to support engineering design  processes .

Instruction on innovation and design would not be complete  without some fundamental understanding of the processes required to  physically realize products. This includes course materials focused on the  manufacturing sciences and on how products actually get built, produced,  and assembled.

Engineering Sciences and Analysis 

Providing the foundation for the curricular components of innovation  and design are the core engineering sciences and analysis. A series of courses focus  on mechanical systems, including modeling and analyzing the components of  mechanical devices (e.g., gears, springs, mechanisms). These core courses  usually include the following issues:

  •  Understanding the forces that act on machines and structures during  their operation, including components that move and those that do not
  • Determining whether structural components are strong enough to  support the forces that act on them and what materials are the most  appropriate.
  • Determining how machines and mechanisms will move and the amount  of force, energy, and power that is transferred between them.

Another series of courses focus on thermal fluid principles, including  modeling and analyzing the behavior and properties of thermodynamic and  fluidic systems. These core courses usually include the following issues:

  •  The physical properties of liquids and gases and the drag, lift, and  buoyancy forces present between fluids and structures
  •  The conversion of energy from one form to another by efficient power  generation machinery, devices, and technologies
  • Temperature control and the management of heat through the processes  of conduction, convection, and radiation

Gaining Experience

Along with formal study, it is also important to gain experience through summer  employment, internships, research projects, co-op programs, and study abroad opportunities. Those experiences, as well as courses completed outside  the formal engineering program, will greatly broaden your perspective of the  role that engineering plays in our global societies. Increasingly, employers  are looking for engineering graduates who have capabilities and experiences  above and beyond the traditional set of technical and scientific  skills.  Knowledge of business practices, interpersonal relationships, organizational  behavior, international cultures and languages, and communication skills  are important factors for many engineering career choices. For instance, a  corporation with overseas subsidiaries, a smaller company that has customers  in foreign countries, or a company that purchases instrumentation from an  overseas vendor will each value engineers who are conversant in foreign  languages. As you plan your engineering degree, choose electives, and perhaps  prepare for a minor degree. Pay attention to those broader skills.

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